The May primary is less than a month away, and it is looking like it may be a low turnout for this year’s election.
Early voting opened April 1 but the Muskingum County Board of Elections Director is predicting only 17% of registered voters in the county to cast a ballot in this year’s election.
"As of right now it’s been very slow," said Chris Hamill, director of the MCBOE. "We have requested ballots so far 722 and voters have come in the office, we’ve had a total of 109. And the military we’ve had 9 requests and we’ve also had 33 hand carry’s so far. So it’s been very slow. We’ve had a total of 873 and that’s slow for this election."
This year’s election includes the governor’s race, among local issues and positions. Hamill says voter turnout is typically lower during a non-presidential election year. If you plan on requesting an absentee ballot, Hamill wants to remind voters to make sure they mark which ballot style they want.
"So if you’re wanting a Republican, Democrat, issues only, make sure you mark that and let us know what ballot style you would like to receive."
The Board of Elections will have extended hours and are open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 p.m. The board will also be open Saturday, May 3 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information you can contact the Board of Elections at 740-455-7120.